Resilience artwork at venues across Midlothian

Thursday September 10th 2020

Resilience

Pictured are from front left to righ: King’s Park Primary pupils Olivia, P2, and Sanuli, P6, with Morag Barrow, Joint Director Health and Social Care and Chief Officer Integrated Joint Board and Councillor Jim Muirhead, the Midlothian Council Cabinet Member for Education.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Pupils from across Midlothian have submitted more than 150 pieces of art and written work about how they coped during COVID for a new exhibition. The entries will be on display in windows of businesses, shops, public buildings and other community venues across Midlothian.

A joint project with the council’s Educational Psychology Service, Children’s Services, Communities and Lifelong Learning along with the Health and Social Care Partnership, the art resilience project was open to P1-S2 pupils across the county.

The children and young people could submit a painting, drawing, poem or short piece of writing about their feelings during the pandemic and how they managed.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “This has been a great way for children to express their feelings and help their families and teachers understand their feelings during the pandemic. Actually submitting an entry and the subsequent discussions about what they’ve drawn or written about all help to build resilience.

“The entries have been fantastic. Organisers have been enjoying amazing artwork and writing about everything from how cycling has helped some pupils keep their spirits up to how much they missed their friends.

“Many thanks to the pupils for sharing their feelings and well done to organisers for making sure we can all enjoy the entries. I’d encourage everyone to look out for the artwork and writing in the community venues and on our website.”

Entries from each school will be exhibited on the council’s website at www.midlothian.gov.uk/resilience from Thursday 17 September and in the windows of more than 30 community venues, a list of which is on the website.

The website will also include details of community exhibitions and where to get help if your child needs support.

King’s Park pupils Olivia, of P2, and P6 pupil Sanuli were among 153 pupils who took park.

Sanuli said her drawing of a face in profile showed a range of emotions she felt during lockdown from happy to anxious.

Olivia said her drawing showed one of her favourite past times when the schools were off – painting with her mum.

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